Your Councillors

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Cllr Sarah Bevan

Sarah Bevan has lived in Peasedown with her three children since 2000.  She is a modern language graduate of Durham university and sang in various local choirs for many years.

She was elected to Bath and North East Somerset Council in 2003, since when she has delivered a wide variety of improvements to the public realm in Peasedown St John, including and specialising in road danger mitigation measures, such as the pedestrian refuges on the bypass and the safe route to school.

She was elected Chair of Bath and North East Somerset Council 2010-2011, when she focussed particularly on North East Somerset issues and events.

Sarah will continue working on safety awareness in the village, both as a parish councillor and as one of our local authority councillors, together with wider issues raised by residents. 

 Cllr Rod Bridges

Cllr Mandy Clarke

Cllr Mandy Clarke

"Being an active member of the village has always been something I’ve believed to be important.  We all have a responsibility to look after the community in which we live in, which was why I decided to become a councillor back in 2011.

Over those years, and before, I’ve helped set up the Peasedown Residents Association, where I currently serve as Secretary. We organise parties for children and meals for the elderly. We’ve also raised £2,000 to fund social events.

Since 2005 I’ve been an active member of various groups over the years, such as St John’s Church, Mercy in Action, Party in the Park and the Fund for Peasedown."


Cllr Richard 'Tex' Clarke

"I’ve lived in Peasedown for the last 15 years, and been active in the community for most of that time.

Ten years ago I was part of the project team that transformed The Green area in Frederick and Albert Avenues and today am part of the Residents Association that helps look after it. Since 2013 I’ve been the Vice-Chairman.

With other members of the Association I help raise funds for the community and organise social events that bring people together.

I’ve also been a regular volunteer at Party in the Park and have helped raised funds for the Fund for Peasedown, Mercy in Action Charity Shop and St John’s Church too.

As a resident of Albert Avenue I enjoy representing the views of the residents on the estate at Parish Council meetings."

Cllr Tom Clifford

"I have lived in the village since 1998, I am married with two children both of whom have attended Writhlington School.  I have worked in local government for 14 years, holding senior posts with Cambridgeshire County Council and South Gloucestershire Council.  Through my work I have a good understanding of sustainability and a keen interest in the environment.  I would be keen to utilise this knowledge on behalf of the Council with regard to the Council's environmental and planning work."

Cllr Jo Davis

Cllr Jo Davis

"I’ve lived in Peasedown for 14 years, although my extended family has lived here for the last 100 years.

I want to bring Peasedown Parish Council into the 21st century by making it welcoming, easy to contact, active and responsive to all of the villagers – PSJ Council is responsible for spending circ £100,000 of our money each year! I want each resident of Peasedown to feel fully represented by their councillors at all times."

Cllr Andrew Fraser

Cllr Andrew Fraser

"Peasedown and the communities around are in a time of development. What was here twenty years ago is changing, growing and maturing. The services we rely on and the streets in which we live will be different in another twenty years time; and we have a better chance than ever to help steer that change. I have been working for two years to use the powers of the Council for the benefit of every resident; and I have been thrilled to discover the energy that other members of our community want to direct towards the same goal. I was elected as part of the community association, Peasedown 1st, but in order to work in tandem with a diverse Council, I work as an Independent councillor. During the time of my chairmanship I’m determined to support residents, including my fellow councillors, so that we can all say in the future that these have been productive years.”


Cllr Stephen Goodwin

   Cllr Simon Kidd

Cllr Andy Larcombe

"I'm originally from Cornwall, my 30 year career in branch banking with Barclays has taken me to many parts of the West Country until I settled in Peasedown, with my wife and daughters, 11 years ago.  I believe my financial experience and specialism in mortgages, can assist on the budgetary and planning matters within the council.  Having seen my family grow up in the village, I aim to use my experience as a parent and resident to enhance the village for all who live here.

I believe local politics are best served by focusing on local issues and I am proud to be an independent councillor allowing me the freedom to represent my village with my own moral compass of treating everyone fairly, acting with integrity and always aiming to ensure every decision we make as a council delivers progress to a better life for those we serve, the residents of Peasedown St John."

Cllr Lesley Mansell

"I was first elected as a councillor in 2007 and held the Chairs’ position for 4 years on the newly formed Radstock Town Council. I work in the NHS and have been in Personnel for over 10 years but started working life in engineering, as a production planner, before moving into local government and then to University where I also made my mark.

I have engaged with different communities for many years, making a difference by offering support and advice to a wide range of people so they could make changes for themselves. I have set up a Women’s centre, a Lupus Support group and a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans network in my trade union which is now part of the formal structure and agreed under rule.   I was awarded the highest accolade by the TUC, the Women's Gold badge for this work in 2005. Recently I have been helping to establish the Peasedown St John Photography Club.

Change can have a number of meanings and it’s important that Peasedown St John Parish Council listens to everyone in the community, that we work with you all to get the best outcomes for the whole of the village. It’s easy for councillors to turn up at meetings and shuffle paper, but we will all be judged on what we do for the greater good.

What I learned as a member of the Labour party and as a trade union member is not to give up, the negotiating skills I have developed will come in useful as I am committed to getting the best deal for the village.  We know that budgets are tight but more needs to be done in Peasedown St John and I am prepared to challenge B&NES and other bodies to develop the local economy and get better results."

Cllr Jordan Ness

Having lived in Peasedown for over 15 years, I am happy to at last be able to to give something back to the community, as an elected Councillor. There are so many wonderful things in the village that I have been a part of over the years, such as performing live music at the annual Waggon & Horses charity fundraiser, and I am keen to help the village in whatever way I can through my role here at the Parish Council.

I realise that being only 19, I am one of the youngest Councillors, but I am looking forward to working with, and learning from, the experience members that have served Peasedown well thus far.


Cllr Claire Parfitt

I have lived in Peasedown for 30 years and have raised a family of five during that time. Four of my five children have attended the local primary school. 

A few years ago I set up a very popular Facebook community page and recently a photography club. 

I have a strong management work history and currently own and run my own thriving photography business. I have a very relaxed and friendly nature, so please if you see me around never worry about approaching me for a chat.

I very much look forward to serving my local community.

 Cllr Jonathan Rich

I am pleased to say that I have lived in Peasedown St John all my life. I went to the local primary school  & attended Writhlington school. I am passionate about my community and previously served for nearly 12 years as a Parish Councillor until Jan 2011. I was the vice chair for 4 years.

I am determined to bring about positive change for all within my neighbourhood and I want to use my experience to ensure that the Parish Council is equipped to properly serve the people of Peasedown St John.’ I believe that Peasedown St John deserves a consistent Parish Council which puts people’s needs first.

Cllr Kathy Thomas

I have lived in the parish for 43 years, and during that time have seen many changes. There have been many improvements; the village is now well regarded. I am particularly interested in the care and development of our public open spaces and am looking forward to serving the residents of the parish.

 Cllr David Walker

Cllr David Walker

"I’ve lived in Peasedown for 27 years and am the Managing and Financial Director of two locally based companies.

We hope to fulfill our potential as a Parish Council and bring our village up to date and part of the wider community.

Having represented Somerset at Football, Rugby and Cricket in my younger days, I have a great passion for sport and love to watch it whenever I can."

Cllr Karen Walker  

Cllr Karen Walker

"I have been happy to call Peasedown my home for 41 years.

I attended Peasedown Primary, Writhlington Secondary, and Bath Technical College before raising three children.

I have seen Peasedown grow over the last 20 years which has brought many more families to our community.

Community is something I feel very passionately about. I am a member of the Peasedown 1st community group that has been active with clean up events, sponsored walks and refurbishing historical assets such as the turnpike marker next to the Red Post Inn.  

I’m also the Bookings Manager and one of the founders of Peasedown’s Party in the Park, a radio show host on Somer Valley FM’s Loose Women, and a regular attendee at various events around the village. I do it all because I believe in bringing the people that live in this beautiful village together. By being active and encouraging others to do, we all feel a sense of empowerment.

When I’m not giving up my spare time I own & run Bath’s largest cleaning business with my husband David. Well established, we’ve been operating in the region for the last 14 years."

Chair of the Council:  Cllr Kathy Thomas
Vice-Chair of the Council:  Cllr Jo Davis

Should you wish to contact any of the Councillors please email: 

Signatories to Council Cheques: Cllr A Fraser, Cllr A Larcombe, Cllr K Thomas, Cllr D Walker, Cllr K Walker   

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